Definition of kirtan in English:

kirtan

noun

Hinduism
  • A devotional song, typically about the life of Krishna, in which a group repeats lines sung by a leader.

    • ‘Bhajans, kirtans and a special lecture on Lord Krishna was organised.’
    • ‘Of course, one has to admit that she did get better by the time she sang the main piece in Raga Kalyani and the short kirtans and bhajans that followed.’
    • ‘For several days these individuals conducted the kirtan.’
    • ‘Devotional music includes forms that are typical to the subcontinent, such as the Sufi Muslim Qawaali music and kirtan.’
    • ‘The four-day opening ceremony was packed with havans, aratis, kirtans, bhajans, as well as spiritual and philosophical discourses.’

Origin

From Sanskrit kīrtana.

Pronunciation:

kirtan

/ˈkɪətʌn/